Pundit’s Mailbag — Time To Join Hands And Unite In Prayer For Success
Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit, August 2, 2012
We have written a great deal on the PMA/United merger issue and find the responses coming in are increasingly spiritual:
We appreciate Jim’s kind words. Indeed as this process has proceeded, it has moved to a broader plain. Many, like Jim, are not involved in the day-to-day details of PMA and United, but they sense, out in the Zeitgeist, a need for consolidation. To many, it is not the budgets or numbers of trade shows. It is that the weltanschauung instructs that unity is better, essential even in these stressful times where every day seems to bring another food safety recall and so the industry is always, in some way, under attack.
The desire for merger is thus a kind of prayer for unity and a beseeching of industry leadership to go beyond the temporal to the eternal.
That is asking a lot for people whose day-to-day concerns usually involve meeting monthly budgets.
Yet, it is always one of the privileges of leadership - to have an opportunity in one’s life to not merely manage things well, but to do something great.
It is the sense that this opportunity is slipping from our hands that causes many of those who were so close to the matter to be so mournful.
Many thanks to Jim Ellis for bringing forth this thoughtful perspective.